Domestic issues again interfered with the birding plans so the trip to Franchises Wood will have to wait until another day. Instead it was an hour in Savernake this morning and a dog walk this afternoon. Savernake was cold with a bit of rain and very few birds, a couple of heard only Great Spots and a Marsh Tit the only birds worth a mention. A herd of around thirty Fallow Deer was of note though. This is the largest group I have seen in the Forest. A nice visitor to the garden this afternoon in the shape of a female Bullfinch. Only the third record of this species. Interestingly she seemed to be collecting nest material. I cannot imagine where they would nest near to here but will have to keep a look out.
The dog walk took me to Folly Farm and then across the fields to Badbury. A flyover Shelduck was a surprise. It appeared to be heading for Coate and had maybe come from somewhere along the Kennet. A few Corn Buntings and Goldfinch, single Whitethroat and Yellowhammer were seen along with a Buzzard and a handful of Lesser Black-backed Gulls. On the walk across to Badbury I put up eight or nine Skylarks that seemed to be sheltering from the wind in the longish grass. Work tomorrow and Saturday so roll on Sunday.